My days at Denison usually consist of waking up at 5:30 a.m. to head down to the pool for the swimming team’s first practice of the day. I am surrounded by women who choose to push themselves physically and mentally at practice—whether it’s 6 a.m. in the weight room or 4 p.m. in the pool. They want to be there as much as I do and train at a level that can push them past their limits. One could say that I am surrounded by my water-loving family the majority of my “normal” day. After practice I head to class where I get the opportunity to interact with my non-swimming family. I am able to stay grounded with the help of these non-swimmer friends of mine. They remind me that, although I take a great amount of time out of my day to be at the pool, academics come first.
Not only do I throw myself into working out and getting in shape for my swim season, but I also throw myself into my studies, in and out of the classroom. My days are not so normal because of how many great opportunities are given to me to interact with so many driven people. Whether it is another athlete, student, professor, or coach, they give me many new opportunities from the very beginning of my day at 5:30 a.m.